Discovering our unique talents and putting them to work for the benefit of ourselves and the world is one of the greatest challenges each of us faces in life.  It most often takes a lot of swimming upstream to first find the talent within ourselves and then find a place for that talent in the world.  The Susan Boyle story is illustrative of this.  Susan clearly had a talent that she and a few people in her village recognized, but finding application for that talent in the greater world proved very difficult.  Through persistence and risk taking, however, Susan got her break.

The Susan Boyle story reminded me of something I’d I read recently in the book Strength Finders 2.0, a book which I recommend highly to those searching for their own unique talents.  The following is an excerpt from the book (Page 29):

Mark Twain once described a man who died and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.  Knowing that Saint peter was very wise, the man asked a question that he had wondered about throughout his life.

He said, “Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years.  Who was the greatest general of all time?”

Saint Peter quickly responded, “Oh that’s a simple question.  It’s that man over there.”

“You must be mistaken,” responded the man, now very perplexed.  “I knew that man on earth, and he was a common laborer.”

“That’s right my friend,” assured Saint Peter.  “He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general.”

There are many obstacles to finding our true talents.  How many of us are so locked into earning a living that we’ve left our true talents undiscovered or not applied for the greater good of mankind?  Let Susan Boyle show us that there is hope for all of us and for the world in maximizing its resource of human talent.